An already brilliant regular season took on an even brighter luster Sept. 13 for saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer.
The Elsmere, Neb., cowboy won the coveted Pendleton Round-Up title with a two-head score of 175 points.
“I think winning Pendleton is on everybody’s bucket list,” said Scheer, 28, who had never had much luck in his career at Pendleton. “It is dang sure a rodeo that gets your blood pumping.”
Scheer clinched the victory with a stellar 91-point ride on Four Star Rodeo’s Rounder, the second-highest scored ride of the PRCA season. Wade Sundell owns the highest score of the season, with a 92-point effort on Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman in Dodge City, Kan.
“I’ve never seen that horse before,” Scheer said. “I guess (Jeff Davis, owner/manager of Four Star Rodeo) just bought him. He had been bucking a bunch of kids off at junior rodeos and stuff. He bought him and that sucker was outstanding.”
Scheer knew he would be in for a special score even before his eight seconds on Rounder expired.
“He took a scoot when he got to the grass and just kind of stayed in one spot; he was just outstanding,” Scheer said. “My saddle was sliding off to the left on him and I didn’t know if I didn’t pull it too tight or what, but I stayed right in the middle of him for long enough.
“After the whistle blew, I had to jump off because I was pretty excited. I try not to jump off unless I’m pretty excited, and that (ride) got my motor running.”
Scheer put himself in position for the Pendleton victory with an 84-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s Lady Killer on Sept. 12 at the Pendleton Round-Up Arena.
“That was a really nice horse,” Scheer said.
Unlike some cowboys who are frantically trying to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo before the regular season concludes Sept. 30, Scheer doesn’t have to worry about that pressure.
Scheer remained third in the Sept. 15 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, and added $9,169 to his bank account in Pendleton.
“This is awesome,” Scheer said. “The season is winding down and everybody is pretty tired and beat up, but it is awesome to keep this momentum going into the NFR. This is a big confidence boost to keep me going and keep me happy. This year I’ve drawn outstanding, and I’ve been lucky enough to stay on them.”
As good as Scheer has been in 2014, he knows nothing will come easily at the Wrangler NFR, Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas.
“It’s dang sure a goal (to win a gold buckle),” Scheer said. “All the bronc riders who will be there will be good, so it is going to be a pretty level playing field. To win it, you have to draw good and ride good. When you have guys there who ride as good as they do, it will push you to ride better.”
Last year, Scheer finished fifth in the world standings. He won $75,721 in Vegas, $39,000 of that for finishing second in the average. Scheer and average champion Jacobs Crawley were the only cowboys to ride 10 broncs at last year’s Wrangler NFR.
The other winners at the $509,452 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($13,546, tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping), bareback riders Tim O’Connell and Caleb Bennett (166 points each on two head), steer wrestler Casey Martin (17.4 seconds on three head), team ropers Jake Stanley and Bucky Campbell (19.2 seconds on three head), tie-down roper Riley Pruitt (28.8 seconds on three head), barrel racer Christy Loflin (56.60 seconds on two runs), steer roper Jason Evans (41.1 seconds on three head) and bull rider Steve Woolsey (172 points on two head).
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